Charles Bukowski, Today   1 comment

charles_bukowski_1179083278051369-blogOk, he didn’t need to remind me, but he did;
brother Tom, that is.
He sent an email telling me that today
is the anniversary of
the death of writer Charles Bukowski –
we share an appreciation for
this great American poet.
Tom, you’ve taught me well, I know that!

But, in honor of his persistence and redundancy,
I share Tom’s favorite Bukowski poem:
“to lean back into it,” by Charles Bukowski, from
what matters most is how well you walk through the fire
(Black Sparrow Press).

to lean back into it

like in a chair the color of the sun
as you listen to lazy piano music
and the aircraft overhead are not
at war.
where the last drink is as good as
the first
and you realize that the promises
you made yourself were
kept.
that’s plenty.
that last: about the promises:
what’s not so good is that the few
friends you had are
dead and they seem
irreplacable.
as for women, you didn’t know enough
early enough
and you knew enough
too late.
and if more self-analysis is allowed: it’s
nice that you turned out well-
honed,
that you arrived late
and remained generally
capable.
outside of that, not much to say
except you can leave without
regret.
until then, a bit more amusement,
a bit more endurance,
leaning back
into it.
like the dog who got across
the busy street:
not all of it was good
luck.

. . .even though the fire keeps getting hotter, keep walking!

— kenne

Posted March 9, 2009 by kenneturner in Poetry

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  1. Reblogged this on Becoming is Superior to Being and commented:

    First posted, March 9, 2009 — kenne

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